Physiotherapy Associates's Visiting Specialists

Bermuda is extremely fortunate to have forged relationships with specialist orthopaedic surgeons and neurologists from renowned centres of excellence in both the UK and North America.

In order to see one of these tertiary specialist, patients must be referred by a local orthopaedic surgeon or their family doctor.

On-going post-operative care will be arranged locally, with close consultation, if necessary, with the visiting surgeon.

Laurence D. Higgins, MD | Stephen J. Parazin, M.D. | Mr. Ronan Treacy, FRCS | Professor Antonio Krueger

Laurence D. Higgins, MD MBA Fellow, AAOS ASES AANA AOSSM

Shoulder, Elbow, and Sports Medicine.
MD (Medical Doctor)
MBA (Masters of Business Administration)
Fellow ABOS (Fellow of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons)
ASES (Member American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons)
AANA (Member Arthroscopy Association of North America)
AOSSM (Member American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine)

Dr. Higgins is the Vice President of Strategic Development at Arthrex, Inc., a global medical device company and leader in new product development and medical education in orthopedics. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at Stony Brook University in 1987, his Master of Science in Physiology from Georgetown University, and medical degree with Distinction in Research from the Renaissance School of Medicine in 1992. He completed his orthopedic residency at The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY. Following his residency, he went on to train as a sports medicine and shoulder surgery fellow at The Center for Sports Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

From 2005 – 2018, Dr. Higgins served as the Chief of the Brigham & Women’s Hospital Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery in Boston, MA. During this time, he developed a world-class and internationally renowned clinical care and subspecialty training programs and served as an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and the combined Harvard Orthopaedic Residency program. Dr. Higgins has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications and chapters and has led both prospective and retrospective clinical studies in orthopedics and value driven health care delivery. Compelled to expand his impact on value driven care and outcomes research, Dr. Higgins received his MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT and lectured at Harvard Business School.

Stephen J. Parazin, M.D.

Dr. Parazin is the Chief of Spine Surgery at New England Baptist Hospital. He has been a member of the NEBH medical staff since 1998 and specializes in complex surgery of the neck and back, including revision surgery and cases involving adult scoliosis and deformity. He also performs minimally-invasive micro surgeries and sees patients with the following conditions: herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spinal cord compression, myelopathy, spondylosis, spondylolisthesis, spinal fractures and tumors of the spine.

An expert in spine surgery, Dr. Parazin lectures extensively both nationally and internationally, and is also on staff at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital on where he regularly performs spinal surgery.

Mr. Ronan Treacy, FRCS

Ronan Treacy is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham UK. For the past twenty years he has been involved in the renaissance of hip resurfacing with his colleague Derek McMinn.

Mr Treacy was born into a medical family and qualified from Birmingham Medical School in 1983. He served as an Anatomy demonstrator prior to surgical placements on the West Midlands Rotation. He developed an early interest in research and trauma. As recipient of RCS Laming Evans award in 1991, he took time out from his training to investigate the role that alterations in Red Cell membranes play in the development of ARDS. During this time he also developed a biodegradeable antibiotic delivery system in association with Aston University.

Mr Treacy was appointed to the staff of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in 1994 . He ran the revision hip service for nearly ten years and amassed a wealth of experience. During this time he helped develop the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing with his mentor McMinn. In addition to designing the first successful MoM resurfacing, they were also innovative in setting up an independent implant specific joint registry in 1997.

For the past decade in addition to a busy clinical practice, he has taught, lectured and operated globally including live surgeries at the COA and Current Concepts Meetings. He has the largest international experience of MoM hip resurfacing and continues to publish widely. In 2008, he was recognised by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham for his outstanding contribution to Orthopaedics in the city. In 2010, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Birmingham. In 2013, he was elected as Staff Governor to the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation Trust.

Mr Treacy has been a regular visiting surgeon to Bermuda since 2002 performing Total Hip Replacement, Hip Resurfacing and Hip Revision Surgery.

Outside of orthopaedics, he has a number of business and charitable interests and is a Francophile and passionate skier.

Mr Treacy is the senior author of a Hip paper in the September 2013 issue of The Bone & Joint Journal:

Matharu, G.S.; McBryde, C.W.; Pynsent, W.B.; Pynsent, P.B.; Treacy, R.B.C.
"The outcome of the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing in patients aged < 50 years up to 14 years post-operatively"
Bone Joint J 95-B:1172-1177 September 2013.

Professor Antonio Krueger

Dr Krueger visits as a locum to assist with on call and trauma cover for the resident surgeons. He trained in Marburg, Germany.